Jerry Edelstein has been in search of a suitable match for years, but time is really ticking as he is now in renal failure, and the Jolene singer is doing her bit to step up the campaign.

Parton, who reveals she is not a match, has teamed up with officials at charity organisations the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America and Public Good to film a video message, seeking donors with Type O blood.

"Jerry and I have been friends for several decades now and he's one of the finest people in the whole world," the singer explains in the public appeal. "As the holiday season is upon us, one of my wishes is for a new kidney for Jerry.

"I am not a suitable donor but in the spirit of giving, please go to and see how you can help. Please do because he's so sweet and precious! "